An international management team with a strong track record in Israeli innovation, international investment banking and Asia 

Seasoned professionals with strong Israeli and Asian expertise 

 

Lionel Friedfeld
Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Lionel Friedfeld is an international investment banker (Hong Kong, Singapore, France, Israel) with 15 years of experience in Corporate Finance and Coverage in various industries and especially in Technology, Telecom & Aerospace industries. Mr. Friedfeld most recently worked at BNP Paribas Israel as a Banker and Head of Multinationals Coverage (2006-2012), where he was responsible for the origination and execution of transactions in several industries including Technology, Telecom, Electronics, IT Services & Software, Security, Defense & Aerospace, Renewable Energy (Water & Solar) advising Israeli Corporates as well as International subsidiaries of Multinationals from the United States, Europe and Asia . Prior to that, he worked at Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking in various capacities in Equity Corporate Finance (M&A, VC, Private Equity and ECM) and Coverage in the Technology & Defense Group (2001-2006). Mr. Friedfeld was educated at McGill University and holds a MSc. in Financial Engineering from La Sorbonne University in Paris and received his Investment Representative license from the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (2002).

Philippe Métoudi
Senior Advisor Asia

 

Philippe is a Managing Director at AlfaSec a management consulting & advisory firm servicing investment and financial companies in Asia, he also heads Duotem, a Hong Kong based Family Office. Prior to that he was a Member of the Executive Board of Clearstream Banking. He served as Chairman of the Market Committee and was responsible for customer relationships in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. During his tenure with Clearstream, Metoudi collaborated with Asian central banks and regulators to improve the efficiency of regional clearing systems. In 1993, he was a member of a planning group, sponsored by the Asian Development Bank, to develop guidelines for clearing and settlement in Asia. Metoudi led the marketing efforts for many of Clearstream’s most recognized products and developed its Asian franchise. In February 2009, Philippe was named “Custodian Banker of the Year” by The Asset magazine. In 2011, he received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” by Global Custodian magazine in recognition of his contribution to the Securities Industry. Prior to joining Clearstream Banking, Philippe was with American Express Bank, working in Geneva, New York and Hong Kong. His last position with American Express Bank was Director of the Investment Department. Philippe holds a Masters degree in Finance from the University of Grenoble, France and is a graduate of the Executive Development Program at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Barry Topf
Senior Advisor Israel & Financial Institutions

Barry Topf is an Economist and Financial Consultant including to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He is a former member of the Bank of Israel’s Monetary Policy Committee, and served as Senior Advisor to Governor Stanley Fisher (current Vice-Chairman of the US Federal Reserve Board of Governors). He was a member of the Bank’s management during 2002 – 2013. Until 2008, he served as Director of the Foreign Currency Department, and between 2008 and 2011 he served as Director of the Market Operations Department. In those roles, he was responsible for, among other things, management of the country’s foreign exchange reserves and implementation of monetary and exchange rate policy. Mr. Topf has more than thirty years of experience in economics, finance, and markets—including activity at all levels of investment management, macroeconomic policy, financial stability, and project management—as well as considerable experience as an advisor and lecturer, including serving as special advisor on behalf of international organizations to over 20 countries and central banks. He has written numerous articles and has been a member of several public committees on economic issues. Mr. Topf earned his M.B.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Dr. David Harari
Senior Advisor Israel & Homeland Security

Dr. David Harari brings to the Israel Asian Fund over 40 years of experience in the Aerospace & Security fields including Marketing, Business Development and R&D activities, over the world. Dr. Harari held several positions at Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). His final nomination was President of IAI’s European subsidiary, European Advanced Technologies (EAT), located in Brussels, Belgium. Dr. Harari has received many international awards: the Israel Defense Award (1981), the Israel Marketing Award (1991), the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles International Pioneer U.S.A. Award (1991), the Award of Merit (Ordre Nationale du Mérite) from the Government of France (1997), has been listed by the “Industries et Technique” French magazine as one of the scientist that has most influenced the scientific world in the last decades (1998) and has been awarded for life accomplishment from the Israeli Engineers Federation in 2011. In 2011, Dr. Harari received the Israel Prize in the field of exact sciences; this award handed out by the State of Israel, is largely regarded as the state’s highest honor. Dr. Harari has many extra professional activities. He is the Israeli President of the Bilateral French-Israeli High Council for Science and Technology, Member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce & Industry Israel-France, Member of the Board of Directors of the France-Israel Fondation and Special representative in Israel, of the Forum Francophone des Affaires. Dr. Harari is an electrical & mechanical Engineer, and has a Ph.D. degree in Physics and computer systems engineering from Paris University, France.

Edwin Epstein
Senior Advisor Education

 

Edwin Epstein has served as an international educator for almost fifty years on four continents. He founded bilingual schools in Indianapolis, Indiana and Santiago, Chile based on best practices and research based design and curricular innovation in bi-lingual and tri-lingual international models. He has developed models of funding and presentations to world class foundations and institutions benefitting from his background in integrated learning and high-tech applications to humanistic education. He has earned a B.A. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, California and a Masters in Educational Administration from Indiana University School of Education. He was instrumental in providing Israel’s top technical university, the Technion, with grants totally more than one hundred and thirty five million dollars for China-Israel satellite campuses, internship programs and construction of University campuses in 2011. He has also lectured at Shantou University in Mainland China and worked with charitable organizations to promote English language learning and cultural exchange programs, to promote outreach and cultural exchange, and provide opportunities for student exchange, internship opportunities and Holocaust educational design. He has served as headmaster of schools in Vancouver, Canada, Rochester, New York, Kansas City, Missouri and most recently in Hong Kong, where he directed programs for international accreditation and teacher training. He was additionally, a classroom teacher and head of both secular and religious language implementation for Chinese, Spanish, Hebrew and English language development and textual skills. He was active in EARCOS, the International East Asia Regional Council for Overseas Schools, for the past ten years.

Jean-Francois Minier
Senior Advisor Japan

Jean-Francois Minier obtained his engineering degree from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, with a specialization in Astrophysics and Financial Mathematics. Fluent in Japanese, Mr. Minier has had an extensive career in both trading and management positions at leading financial institutions, principally in Tokyo and in London. After working in Tokyo as an Exotic Equity Derivatives Trader for firms such as Bankers Trust and Morgan Stanley, Minier joined Dresdner Kleinwort in London, ultimately heading its Equity Derivatives Trading globally. Mr. Minier then returned to Japan where he assumed management responsibility for restructuring the Capital Markets activities of Dresdner Kleinwort in Asia. In this position he oversaw over 150 trading and sales personnel across 6 locations in Asia in multiple asset classes (FICC, equity and credit, financing & securities management, distribution, research, principal investments, hedge fund solutions group, ECM/DCM). While at Dresdner Kleinwort, Mr. Minier was promoted to CEO Asia-Pacific, adding to his previous responsibilities the Global Banking business (corporate finance & origination, global loans & transaction services, global finance). During this period, Mr. Minier concurrently served as Tokyo Branch Manager of Dresdner Kleinwort. Minier has been a Director at the Japanese Association of Corporate Executives, and Vice-Chairman of the European Business Council in Japan. Subsequent to Dresdner Kleinwort, Mr. Minier has been both a special situations advisor and consultant on behalf of leading European multinationals and economic intelligence advisory firms, often linking top Japanese institutions with key players in such markets as Russia, Brussels (EU), France and Pakistan. He is currently a member of the Bretton Woods Committee.

Gilles Oudiz
Senior Advisor Europe

Gilles Oudiz has been an investment banker for close to thirty years. After starting his professional career as a civil servant in the French Ministry of Finance (1974-1985) he joined Banque Paribas (1985-1987) and later on Banque Stern (1987-1995) where he was General Manager in charge of capital markets. He was also chairman of Banque Morhange (1993-1995) and of Cresvale (1994-1996), a London-based international derivatives broker. Gilles then joined Crédit Lyonnais Group where he was General Manager of Clinvest (1997-2003), their M&A subsidiary. In 2003, he joined Société Générale (2003-2012) where he was a Senior Banker in charge of major French firms. During this latter part of his career Gilles was involved in numerous M&A and capital market deals, advising corporates, financial institutions and governments. Gilles has published many articles in professional economic journals. From 1983 to 1984, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Economics of MIT and a Fulbright scholar. He has taught Economics and Finance in leading French schools and universities. Gilles holds a degree in engineering from Ecole Polytechnique, a Masters degree in Economics and Statistics from the Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique and a third cycle degree in Economics from the University of Paris.

Robert Sassoon
Senior Advisor Research

Robert Sassoon has more than 20 years of Equity Research experience with extensive exposure to international equity markets, having mainly worked for bulge-bracket investment banks in London and Hong Kong, including Credit Suisse, Natwest Capital Markets and Societe Generale (SG). During his career, he has achieved Top 5 rankings in various analyst surveys, including the Extel and Greenwich surveys. Starting out as a basic materials analyst, Robert’s research coverage has subsequently embraced multiple industries and companies. After starting his career in London, Robert spent 13 years in Asia, where he served as Director of Hong Kong/China Equity Research for SG. His principal area of research coverage in Asia was the conglomerates sector, which included analysis of a variety of industries, and often focused on corporate restructuring and event-driven themes. While in Asia, he also filled the role of Chairman of the Board of Managing Trustees of the JE Joseph Fund set up to administer and allocate funds for community projects in Shanghai. Following his relocation to New York in 2006, Robert’s work has focused on Special Situations Research. Robert holds a BA cum laude in Economics & Government from Essex University in the UK, as well as a Masters degree in Economics from the London School of Economics & Political Science.